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How to Rip a Copy-protected DVD on macOS Monterey and Lower

It would be hard to rip copy-protected DVDs on macOS. To protect commercial DVDs from being used for illegal purposes, DVD producers applies the most efficient and trustful DVD copy-protection CSS to prevent DVD owners from backing up DVD upon their computer, even for personal legal purpose. As a result, when DVD ripping tools (esp. freeware) in the market handle with CSS copy-protections, they just crashed or failed to recognize the correct DVD title.

Simply speaking, by the trouble of CSS copy-protected technology, DVD collection fans just can not copy encrypted DVDs. In most cases, one DVD disc built-in CSS protection can also adopt other protection techs such as region 1-6, Sony ArccOS, and Disney X-project.

So here we'll show you how to rip copy protected DVD on Mac. The method below not only helps you rip CSS-protected DVDs on Mac, but also guides you to rip those discs encrypted by UOP, RCE, region code, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0....

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Method 1. How to Rip Copy-protected DVD on Mac with WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is a powerful solution to rip and convert home-made and copy-protected DVDs without any 3rd party DVD decrypter or library. It allows you to convert DVD to iTunes, MP4, MOV, MKV, MPEG, MP3, ISO and 350+ preset profiles. It takes less time to process DVD digitizing than other similar tools owing to the support for hardware acceleration and Hyper-threading technology. And it delivers great quality by making use of High Quality Engine.

It makes perfect compatibility with the latest operating system macOS Monterey. Unlike other DVD rippers crashing on the latest OS, WinXDVD successfully detects DVD title and makes the whole ripping process as smooth as possible on even the latest macOS Monterey.

Now, you can download and install WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and follow the steps below to rip protected DVDs on Mac.

Step 1. Open WinX DVD Ripper for Mac and click DVD Disc button to open the protected DVD you want to copy.

Step 2. Choose the right DVD title you want to convert. Generally, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac will detect the correct movie title for you automatically. If the selected title is not what you want, you can change it. You can select one or multiple titles to rip.

Step 3. Choose the output format. This Mac DVD ripper offers general video formats like MP4 (MPEG4 / H264), MOV, M4V and iTunes as well as presets for iPhone, iPad, and others.

Rip protected DVD on Mac
Rip protected DVD on Mac

Step 4. Select the output folder for the converted file by clicking Browse table.

Step 5. Click "RUN" to get your copy-protected DVD converted at GPU accelerated speed.

Disclaimer: Digiarty Software does not advocate ripping copy-protected DVDs for any commercial purpose and suggests referring to the DVD copyright laws in your countries before doing so.

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Method 2. How to Rip Copy-protected DVD on Mac with HandBrake?

Handbrake is the most famous freeware in DVD ripping world. It's definitely worth a mention even in the Mac DVD ripper battleground. Yet, as it's known to all, Handbrake is unable to rip copy-protected DVDs without the 3rd party library or app help. To rip copy-protected DVD on Mac OS X El Capitan or newer with HandBrake, you need to download and install the below apps and add-on.

  1. Handbrake
  2. libdvdcss
  3. Homebrew

What is libdvdcss? It is a free and open-source software library which can help DVD player like VLC and DVD ripping software like HandBrake to access and unscramble DVDs encrypted with CSS.

what can Homebrew do? Homebrew can help install the stuff you need that Apple didn't. But, what's the matter with copying protected DVD on Mac? This is because the security feature called System Integrity Protection in Mac OS X EI Capitan and newer won't let you install libdvdcss. Only with the installation of Homebrew, you can install libdvdcss on Mac and then make use of it to help HandBrake rip copy-protected DVDs.

Installing Homebrew isn't an easy thing. It requires personal familiarity skills in the macOS Terminal. You can find detailed guide on how to install Homebrew on Mac at Geekflare.

After you install Homebrew, just follow the steps below to install libdvdcss on Mac with Brew.

Step 1. Launch Terminal by pressing command+space, type terminal and hit Enter key.

Step 2. Run ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL" < /dev/null 2> /dev/null

Step 3. Type in brew install libdvdcss. Then Homebrew will start downloading and installing libdvdcss on your Mac.

After you install libdvdcss, now you can open HandBrake to rip a copy-protected DVD on Mac.

Conclusion: Handbrake is only capable of ripping DVDs encrypted by CSS and region code 1-6 though it's armed with libdvdcss library. Therefore, as for DVDs protected by Disney X-project DRM, Sony ARccOS, AACS 2.0 and other copy protection schemes, WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is still the way to help you out of trouble.


author - Donna Peng

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Donna Peng's fascination with multimedia began at an early age - shortly after she licked the physical disc and then she's been obsessed ever since. Her decade-long career at Digiarty after the graduation has seen her unmatched expertise in the field of DVD, digital video, software and anything related to home theatre. She is currently fascinated with photography.

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